SOLD FOR: $2,675.00
Model: 70 Standard Rifle, Product Number G7014C
Serial Number: 13457
Year of Manufacture: 1938
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield (30 Gov’t ’06)
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked -“WINCHESTER / PROOF STEEL”-“MODEL 70”-“WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-“-“30 GOV’T ’06” in front of the rear sight and at the rear with an ovalled “WP” proof, found again on the left of the receiver’s chamber ring. The left side of the receiver is marked “WINCHESTER / -TRADE MARK-”. The right side of the receiver’s chamber ring is marked “13457”. The bottom of the bolt body is hand-scribed “13457”.
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe sight with removable inserts which appears to be the same as those found on the Stevens 416 rifle dovetailed to a textured ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The sight currently has a post insert installed with the rear face painted red. There is a boss with a dovetail at the rear of the barrel which is currently filled with a blank. The left-rear of the receiver has a Lyman 48WJS adjustable peep sight installed. The top of the chamber ring is drilled, tapped and filled, but the top of the bridge is not.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece hand checkered walnut with a pistol grip, straight comb, sling studs front and rear, and a checkered blued steel shotgun-style buttplate. The stock has several scattered light compressions and drag lines with a few more notable marks at the toe and the right-front of the floorplate. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has finish only in the grooves of the checkering with the points and smooth border worn to white. The checkering shows light wear but is well defined, in about Very Good condition. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. Our gauge shows an ME of about 1.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% of its metal finish. Most of the finish loss is in the floorplate which has worn to white and in the trigger guard and bottom metal which shows scattered light marks and wear. The barrel and receiver show only a few light marks. The bolt body has spots of surface oxidation and light operational wear. The bolt knob shows light handling wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots, however the forward mounting screw is missing. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is a safety mounted on the top-rear of the bolt. Pushed forwards, the safety is ON. If pulled back all the way, the safety is OFF. If pulled back half-way, it blocks only the trigger. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a vintage pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 rifle chambered in .30-06 and is a fairly early example made in 1938. The rifle is the “Standard Rifle” style with a Lyman 48WJS peep rear sight, a standard factory option, but the front sight has been replaced with what looks like the interchangeable-insert globe sight from a Stevens 416. Combined, this makes for a nice sight picture for a target rifle, or even for a hunting rifle for those who prefer iron sights. This is a beautiful rifle in a great hunting cartridge that is ready to bag some game. That said, the Pre-64 Winchesters have high collector interest, and this would be a good addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible rifle can be transferred in California.